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Plan De Paris, wall map, commissioned by Turgot, from 1739

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Turgot, Michel Etienne. Plan de Paris,( Paris, 1739. Plan de Paris Commence l'Annee 1734... Levé et Desiné par Louis Bretez Gravé par Claude Lucas / Et Écrit par Aubin. A monumental aerial isometric map of the City of Paris in the year 1739. Twenty (and one diagram plate) copperplate engravings with etching.

One of the most ambitious and beautiful works of urban cartography ever produced. The surveying and rendering was done by Louis Bretez, and the engraving by Claud Lucas. The calligraphy was done by the writing master Aubin. Commissioned by Turgot, Prevot de Marchands of Paris and effectively the city's administrator. The project took five years to complete. A permit was issued to Bretez to enter every building in the city for the purpose of producing the numerous sketches from which the plan was composed. Every building’s exterior has each window shown, while, every garden has all the trees depicted with shade and shadow.

Turgot's Plan de Paris is not only a staggering technical achievement of representation and the engravers art, but it also was conceived and rendered some 44 years before the first manned balloon flight.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 106 in. (269.24 cm)Width: 128 in. (325.12 cm)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1739
  • Condition
    The condition is excellent, a bright clean set; full margins with occasional marginal tears not affecting the image on a few plates reinforced with archival tape.
  • Seller Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: 090112859312

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